Our Call to Action
In 2004, a coalition of student groups came together based on the shared belief that student government should not be the luxury of an elite few, but the right of all who seek to serve. Bruins United advocated for equal access to funding, enhanced student spaces, and Bruin spirit. Their alliance was organized in recognition of the need for diverse representation to combat a system deadlocked by politicking and extreme slatist partisanship. These students, despite their varied interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences recognized that they were stronger together than they were apart. And they were.
Over 13 years, Bruins United has continued to fulfill its mission to empower, amplify and unite the Bruin community. Our leaders have worked on academic excellence, campus climate and safety, affordability, sustainability, USAC transparency, Bruin spirit and more.
But it is not enough to rely on the successes of the past. We recognize that in order to continue to have the privilege of serving the UCLA community, we must remain relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing UCLA community.
To remain responsive and relevant, the movement must be willing to reflect and evolve. We cannot passively rely on the relationships of the past, we must forge ahead to unite in the future.
This is our call to action.
We, the next generation of students who are committed to student leadership, student representation and student service, seek to create the next coalition of leaders -- with diverse interests, backgrounds, beliefs and experiences -- who are as committed to building community as they are to institutionalizing tangible change.
Bruins United is a coalition of campus leaders who are committed to bettering the student experience, for all.
Bruins United is our call to action for all who believe in the prioritization of student needs.
Bruins United seeks to create spaces for inclusive dialogue, holding space for multiple perspectives, positionalities and orientations.
Bruins United believes in the power of collective student voice, working to build coalitions of students to amplify and uplift each other.
Bruins United works to model intentional, cooperative, moral leadership by working with the administration, campus partners, community partners, and opposing student movements.
Bruins United is committed to open recruitment; no student will be prioritized or penalized on the basis of their affiliations or lack thereof.
Bruins United recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to campus leadership -- nor should there ever be.
Bruins United manifests unity, not uniformity; the strength of our movement is that it is singular neither in voice nor in message.
Now more than ever, our campus, our country and our world need leaders who are willing to come together, not because we are the same, but because we are different. We need leaders who are committed to progressing forward, not by drawing lines and hiding behind them, but by recognizing the walls that exist and tearing them down. We need leaders who have the courage to stand up and speak, as well as the discipline to sit down and listen. We need leaders who will prioritize what is morally right over what is politically expedient.
We need leaders who believe that student government is not just the luxury of an elite few, but the responsibility and opportunity of all who seek to serve our community.
Together, Bruins Unite.
We hope you'll join us.
Our Core Leadership Principles
Many have asked us, "what exactly are you united in?" While the issues our leaders choose to take on and the methods they use to solve them vary from year to year, what holds constant are the leadership principles we maintain. Here they are:
This is a selection of some of the accomplishments our leaders have brought to campus.
iClicker Loan Library
- Lab Coat Loan Library
Portable Phone Charger Loan Library
- Financial Literacy Workshops/Week
Financial Literacy Course
Den Season Bus Pass
Financial Aid Fair
On-Campus Jobs Fair
USAC Transparency & Efficiency
USAC Endowment for Sustainable Funding
USAC Mid-Year Budget Report
USAC Live! Council Meeting Livestream
Relevant & Exciting Student Programs
LGBTQ Awareness Week
Off-Campus Living Fair
Den Season Bus
Revitalization of Homecoming
Bruins Night Out & Dank Deals for Bruins
Holi at UCLA
ASUCLA T-Shirt Design Contest
- Sexual Assault Resources & Coalition
Sexual Health Workshops & Education
Campus Safety Day
Circle of 6 U for UCLA
Added Lighting to Westwood Village
Academic Advocacy & Resources
Stress Free Days with Free Blue Books and More
CCLE Syllabus Preview
Increased Study Spaces for Finals
Academic Inequity Awareness Week
Transfer Workshops & Resource Fairs
Show Me the Ropes
Bruin Defenders Grant
Appetizers with Administrators
Bear Essentials Mobile Application
Provided Buses to the Women's March
Solar Powered Umbrellas in Kerckhoff Patio
Drought Resistant Grass
Solar Panels on Ackerman
UCLA Farmer’s Market
ASUCLA Reusable Mug Contest
Water Bottle Refilling Hydration Stations
Composting Video Competition
UCLA vs USC Water Conservation Competition
Student Group Resources
ASUCLA Creative Services Design Team
Student Group Funding How-To Guide
Spring Activities Fair
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Apply to Run with Us in 2018
we're looking for the best of ucla
Our 2018 candidate selection process is live now -- and it's more clear, transparent, and accessible than ever before. We're on a search for the most dedicated, passionate student leaders who will be able to serve our student body well.
Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in our one-of-a-kind, immersive 4 week leadership development program, featuring the following sessions:
1: (Y)our Campus: “Know History, Know Self”: We’ll dive into UCLA history to learn about how our university functions, how students have played a role in our school’s governance, and where USAC and Bruins United fits into it all.
2: (Y)our Community: “It Takes A Village”: We'll explore ways to expand your network on campus and build lasting relationships with other students, student leaders and student communities.
3: (Y)our Story: “Your Policy Only Goes as Far as Your Story”: Through exercises of personal narrative, we’ll practice public speaking, writing and media story-telling to enable you to best tell your story to affect change.
4: (Y)our Campaign: “How to Frame It, Form It, and Run It": We’ll learn how a campaign team is structured, how to pick the right people for the job, and how to keep your team motivated and engaged.
Applications to participate in our 2018 leadership development process are now closed. Please stay tuned for future opportunities to get involved!